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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for animal owners

Published: 24 Jul 2020
Last updated: 27 Jul 2020 - see all updates

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the health and welfare of their animals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for animal owners
Access rights

Rights of access for members of the public

Should you have concerns about accessing recreational areas, utilising by-ways and rights of way, the local authority will be able to advise you in respect of any closures and alternative routes. This will be via General Enquiries to the officers responsible for rights of way and public access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

Rights of responsible access to most land in Scotland, including paths, continue to apply during COVID-19. It is important to emphasise that, as always, these rights depend on responsible behaviour, both by the public and land managers. This is particularly important at this time when many people are using new and unfamiliar local areas for daily outdoor exercise. This is also an important time of year for farmers and other land managers, in particular, because lambing is taking place and many fields will contain young livestock and newly planted crops. It is therefore essential to comply with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

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First published: 24 Jul 2020 Last updated: 27 Jul 2020 -